Category Archives: reptiles

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a miscellany today, and the readers’ notes are indented. First, from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, an animal I didn’t know existed: This is a shingleback lizard (Tilaqua rugosa), named for obvious reasons. It is fairly common in inland areas of eastern Australia. In common with many lizard species, it has the ability […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ll be busy writing today, so posting may be light. To quote Maru the cat, “I do my best.” Today’s animal photos were sent by reader Richard Dahl. I can’t find a relevant email, so the IDs may be all he sent. I need more photos, please. Send ’em in! Great blue heron (Ardea herodias): […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Comments on the photo posts have been few, and I’m not sure whether that means people aren’t looking at them. But I’d urge you to say something if you like a photo, for the contributors surely like their work to be appreciated, and that’s the only way they’ll know. If you see something, say something. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tim Anderson from Oz sent us three pictures: This is an Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata), who I met on a country road, and who was clearly affronted by my intrusion on his demesne. What beautiful whiskers! The bird is a Brown Falcon (Falco berigora),  one of the most common raptors in eastern Australia. I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a comfortable backlog of photos now, but please keep sending them in. Good ones, please. They don’t have to be professional quality (some readers think they have to match the very best photos that have appeared on this site), but they should be appealing and well composed–and in focus! Please add the Latin binomial […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we begin with some photos by Stephan Barnard, who’s been absent from this page for a while. His notes are indented: The first is of a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), not unlike some others I’ve sent. The second is a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), a photo that would otherwise be unremarkable except that it’s […]

Update: Honey the duck (with bonus turtles)

Honey has returned to me, and I hope she stays here at least until I leave for Poland. I have all that frozen corn and about 6 ounces of mealworms—that’s nearly 5000 of them—to dispose of. She’s acting very skittish, and in response to my whistle this morning she emitted a series of quacks that […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Let’s begin with a movie of two pileated woodpeckers taken by reader Rickflick. (Be sure to enlarge it by clicking on “vimeo” to the lower right after it starts.) His notes: The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a charming, showy bird, about the size of a crow. I saw this adult and juvenile feeding on […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Taskin, half of the staff of Gus the Cat, was visited for a few days in Winnipeg by a lovely bird: I was surprised on Monday morning to see a Common Nighthawk [Chordeiles minor] sitting on my garden gate. I was even more surprised to find it still there when I returned home later […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to all for sending in photos, and remember that I’m always looking for good new ones. The first one today, sent by reader Hempenstein, shows a brown inchworm from Vermont, the larva of a geometrid moth. The resemblance to a twig is stunning: Perhaps Lou Jost in Ecuador can help with this one, but […]